Welcome to Kane County

Kane County was established in 1836 and is home to over 531,000 residents across 30 municipalities. It is the fifth-most populous county and Niche rates it the third-best county for families in Illinois. With a median home value of $232,000, most residents own their homes.

Kane County is represented by a diverse, highly educated population supported by strong highly-rated public schools, world-class community colleges, and private universities. International businesses, such as Aldi and Mitutoyo, utilize Kane County’s robust workforce for their American headquarters. With over 300 miles of bike trails and 76 forest preserves, Kane County offers many different recreational opportunities for its residents and visitors. It is the home of two minor league sports teams; the Kane County Cougars and Chicago Steel. The county has a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks which all contribute to making it one of the best places to live in Illinois.

Fabulous Fox Water Trail

Wisconsin and Illinois have partnered with the National Park Service to create the Fabulous Fox River Water Trail! You’ll find information about the Trail, maps, itineraries, and all you need to plan a great day on the water.


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Why Kane County


Explore the outdoors at any of the many parks and forest preserves.

Parks & Recreation

Forest preserves

Since 1925, the Forest Preserve District has worked to preserve and restore Kane County’s natural areas, improve wildlife habitat, and enhance the quality of life for all Kane County residents. Visit the forest preserves and enjoy a quiet walk, embark on a camping weekend, picnic with friends and family, learn about nature, bird watch, fish, golf, ride, volunteer, or simply experience the wonder of more than 20,000 acres of woodlands, wetlands, and prairies. No matter the time of year, there’s plenty to see and do in Kane County forest preserves.

Kane County has an extensive forest preserve program, with numerous nature preserves, historic sites, and trails that include the following opportunities. The 76 locations are throughout all of Kane County.

  • Bike & Nature Trails
  • Boat/Canoe Launch
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Historic Sites
  • Horseback Riding
  • Model Aircraft Fields
  • Nature Preserves
  • Off-Leash Dog Areas
  • Picnic Areas
  • Shelters
  • Snowmobiling
  • Winter Activities


Public Schools

Colleges, Universities

Health care

There are several first-rate hospitals serving the county:


Trains, Planes, and Automobiles! 

Kane County has an extensive county highway system that includes federal, state and county maintained routes.

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